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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.)

District: 1st District
Political Highlights: no previous office, ; U.S. House of Representatives, 2011-present
Born: April 20, 1952; Iron River, Mich.
Residence: Crystal Falls
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Judy Benishek; five children
Education: U. of Michigan, B.S. 1974; Wayne State U., M.D. 1978
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2010 (3rd term)
Committee Assignments: Agriculture (Conservation & Forestry; Nutrition); Natural Resources (Energy & Mineral Resources; Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs); Veterans' Affairs (Health - Chairman; Oversight & Investigations)

Election History
2014generalDan Benishek (R) 130,41452.1
Jerry Cannon (D) 113,26345.3
Loel Gnadt (LIBERT) 3,8231.5
Ellis Boal (GREEN) 2,6311.1
2012generalDan Benishek (R) 167,06048.1
Gary McDowell (D) 165,17947.6
Emily Salvette (LIBERT) 10,6303.1
Ellis Boal (GREEN) 4,1681.2
2010generalDan Benishek (R) 120,52351.9
Gary McDowell (D) 94,82440.9
Glenn Wilson (I) 7,8473.4
Patrick Lambert (USTAX) 4,2001.8
Keith Shelton (LIBERT) 2,5711.1
Ellis Boal (GREEN) 2,0720.9
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Michigan is 7th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


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Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.